One of the brightest and best individuals in Berkeley County history is Ann Henshaw Gardiner. The daughter of Dr. Samuel Isaac Henry Gardiner and Mabel Henshaw Gardiner, Ann Henshaw Gardiner was an accomplished nurse and scientist. Born on July 3, 1890, Gardiner was 27 when she volunteered as a nurse during WWI. She served at the United States Base Hospital in Bordeaux, France, and her name is on the Doughboy statue, with 12 other women from Berkeley County who served during WWI.
According to the September 14, 1927 edition of the Harrisburg Telegraph, Gardiner was a graduate from Columbia University and Massachusetts General Hospital. The article then states that she became the residential nursing director of the Flushing Hospital School of Nursing in New York. She also directed nursing at Baylor University, Stanford, and she co-founded the nursing program at Duke University where she served as an Assistant Professor for a decade. At Duke, she is honored with both a scholarship that bears her name and with a portrait in the Department of Nursing.
Despite her distinguished career, Gardiner had strong connections to Berkeley County. With her mother, who was on the history faculty at Shepherd, she co-wrote Chronicles of Old Berkeley, which we at the BCHS are indebted to for the recording of primary sources. She directed Nursing Education at King’s Daughters Hospital from 1945 until 1967 and she served on the State Board of Examiners for Registered Nurses. She was also a member of the DAR and served as vice-regent for the William Gardiner Chapter.
Gardiner died on October 3, 1982 and is buried at Rosedale Cemetery. Left to right, pictures of Ann Henshaw Gardiner, her tombstone courtesy of findagrave.com, and an early picture of King's Daughters Hospital.
Find out more about some of the women who contributed to Berkeley County history next Saturday at the Berkeley County History Museum at 1PM when the Long and Short of It honors Women's History Month.